With SA on the backfoot of Covid-19 vaccines, they’re amping up the rollout with the first mass vaccination hub opening on Friday.

The Wayville hub within Adelaide Showgrounds in the Goyder Pavillion is now open for business with more than 150 patients booked in to get their jab today.

SA Health plans to be pushing out over 3000 Pfizer jabs to healthcare, essential or emergency workers aged under 50. The hub, opening at midday, will host 12 cubicles but can increase to 40 if needed.

There are another two hubs in the works, opening in the coming weeks including a northern suburbs hub at Playford Civic Centre and a site in Noarlunga in the south.

So far, there have been 56,642 vaccinations given in SA, miles behind NSW with 202,220 and Victoria with 202,506.

Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade defended the speed of opening the clinics that “will help us to continue our safe, steady scale up of the rollout”.

“While the majority of South Australians will receive their vaccination through their GP, the establishment of these clinics will play an important role in ensuring more people have access to the vaccine when they need it,” he said.

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